The Neponset River Watershed includes:

  • The 29-mile-long Neponset River, which starts in Foxborough, near Gillette Stadium, and ends in Dorchester/Quincy, near the “Rainbow Swash” gas tank by Route 93.
  • A 120-square mile area of land southwest of Boston that drains into the Neponset River, and ultimately into Boston Harbor.
  • A home to 330,000+ people.
  • A drinking water source to 120,000 people.
  • A history that includes 10,000 years of human habitation and over 375 years of industrialization.
  • A destination for hikers, cyclists, anglers, and paddlers.
  • An invaluable habitat for native fish and wildlife.

The Watershed includes parts of 14 cities and towns: Boston (Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Dorchester), Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Milton, Norwood, Quincy, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, Westwood.

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Neponset River Watershed

What is a Watershed?

A watershed is the area of land that drains into a body of water, like a river, pond, harbor or lake. Watch the video below to learn more (arrgh!)

Video courtesy of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network in Colorado (CoCoRaHS)